Welcome to the Dungeon Crate Adventurer’s Guild!

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We love our fans, and we’re happy you have a place to trade Dungeon Crate items, talk about the crate, get to know each other and, most especially, talk about gaming.

The Facebook page was previously known as the Dungeon Crate Trading Post, and because you, the Dungeon Crate fans, were already using the page to hang out and talk D&D, we wanted to expand the focus of the page.

There are tons of places to get memes and talk about your ongoing Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder games, but there’s only one community like this one.

So how should you use the page? We have some ideas.

Show off your loot. This is our favorite. The whole idea of Dungeon Crate is to give you some awesome stuff for your games, so show everyone how you’re using it. That could be the way you set up some terrain, the hilarious critical failure card you dropped on the table or how you’re running one of our adventures. We want to see it all.

Discuss topics from Dungeon Crate Live. Just because the video ends, doesn’t mean the chat has to. Keep the conversation going.

Play games with the Dungeon Crate Crew. We like to play, and we want to play with fans. We’ll be setting up some online games on Roll20, and we’d love for you to play with us.

Look for more items. Was there something in a crate you loved so much that you want more of them? This is the place. You may love an item so much that you want another. You can offer payment, but you can also make trades. Perhaps you’d be willing to trade some tokens for a miniature, a deck of cards for a wallet or a shot glass for a bag of coins.

Offer unwanted items. You might not love everything in a given crate. That’s cool. That’s the nature of subscription boxes. You’ll likely love a few items and like the rest just fine. Occasionally, there might be something you don’t enjoy so much or simply won’t use. So, offer it up on the page. Someone will love what you’re willing to part with.

Post your painted miniatures. Some of the miniatures in Dungeon Crate come unpainted, so let’s see how you painted your pieces! It’s fun to see how many different paint schemes you all can think up for the same sculpt.

Tell us how you’re running Dungeon Crate Adventures. We love that people are playing our adventures, and we want to hear all about it. Tell us how it’s going. Ask us questions of the designers. Show off how you modified the encounters. Let us know how you fit the adventures into your own campaign. Take pictures of your table and let us know how it looks.

Talk about other products you like. Is there something you’re using at your table you want people to know about? Post it. We may even like it so much that we put it in a future Dungeon Crate.

Show us what you’re playing. Show off your gaming table. Talk about your hobby station. Post pictures of the castle you’re building.

Ask questions. Trying to make something for your table? Have a rules question? Wondering how you should best use an item in Dungeon Crate? Post your question, and people will help you out.

Talk games. This is a community of gamers who love RPGs so much they subscribe to a monthly box of stuff for their campaigns. You’re among friends who love the same stuff, so go ahead and talk about it.

Make friends. Fans of Dungeon Crate come from all over, and we’re happy to report they’re good people. Say hello and get to know each other.

A look at January's Dungeon Crate

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Happy New Year!

Welcome to another year of Dungeon Crate. In 2018, we’re so excited to keep bringing you the awesome loot for all your Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder and other fantasy RPG games.

We’re already planning out the next year of Dungeon Crate, and we’ll be bringing you more of the same: miniatures, dice, adventures, terrain, cards, tokens, pins and all the stuff you use at your gaming table every week.

We hope all your rolls are critical hits in 2018. In the meantime, let’s dive into what arrived in January’s crate.

Epic Encounters

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Continuing our series of adventure books, this release is a series of 20 encounters crafted for characters from levels 1 to 3. They’re useful as a random encounter table (roll a d20 and run the described encounter) or as adventure hooks. The encounters are also specifically crafted for lower levels as well as inexperienced players, and they use iconic RPG monsters. So, this four-page booklet is great for introducing new players to your favorite hobby.

D20 pin

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Show off your inner tabletop geek! These sweet pins from our pals at 1980Who are perfect accoutrements for your gaming bag, but they’re also a fine choice if you want to add a subtle hint of crit to your apparel without rocking a shirt covered in dice or dragons. (Since the pin shows off the die’s 20 face, we also hear they bring good luck.) We especially like the glittery, shiny red finish on these pins.

Rubble terrain

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We dig maps and dungeon tiles and the like, but there’s something about tabletop terrain in three dimensions. These rubble walls from Nord Games help immerse your players in the game the next time they happen upon some ruins or rubble. The pieces are cast in an ultra-durable stone in single pieces, so they’ll hold up to abuse on the table or in your bag.

d20

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You want your dice to roll true, don’t you? That’s the only kind of dice Gamescience makes. Unlike most of the d20s in your dice bag, this one has hard edges. It rolls more accurately and gives a more random result every time you roll. Gamescience dice are also pretty. They practically look like cut gems. We also love the way they come with unpainted numbers, just like the dice sets in the old school D&D boxed sets. Grab a crayon and get to work!

Ogre miniature

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This guy looks like he’s having a bad day. Sculpted by the inimitable Bobby Jackson, this angry ogre from Reaper Miniatures is looking for some adventurers to club over the head. And then maybe he’ll turn them into a meal. (Have a look at the Epic Encounters booklet to see how that might play out.) We can’t wait to get some paint on this bad guy and see how truly angry he looks.

Dungeon Crate patch

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Do you love Dungeon Crate? Sure you do. You subscribed, right? Slap this patch on your game-night backpack. Or your shirt. Or your face. (Don’t do that. It might hurt.) That way everyone can know how much you love the best RPG subscription crate around.

 

Ideas for rewarding experience outside of combat




Adventurers get most of their experience points by killing monsters.

An orc is worth 100 XP. A drider is worth 2,300. An adult black dragon is worth a whopping 11,500.

But all the other stuff adventurers do - tracking down NPCs, recovering treasures, exploring dungeons, roleplaying their characters - are generally not counted whether you’re playing Dungeons & Dragons or Pathfinder.

But we have some ideas.

Instead of resting all the weight of the game on taking down monsters and dungeon bosses, you can also award XP for a variety of other happenings in your game.

The idea is to reward players for more than simply rushing into combat with swords drawn and intent to kill. Perhaps they’ll try a few new things if you reward them for it.

Completing quests. Other editions of D&D often provided XP totals for accomplishing quests set forth by knights, nobles, shopkeepers and anyone asking for help from a band of worthy adventurers. Maybe it’s time to bring that idea back to 5th edition.

Finding magic items. We’re not talking about finding that +1 longsword in a dungeon. But when you find a magic item of significance (a long-lost magic orb sought by a king, magic stones worshipped by a group of natives or a magic dagger that’s also being sought by a cult of assassins), it can be quite an accomplishment.

Claiming treasure. When a particularly large cache of gold, gems or weapons is discovered, you could sprinkle in a little XP.



Exploring dungeons. In addition to the XP earned by slaying monsters in a ruined castle, underground dungeon or cultist temple, throw some extra XP just for having cleared the place out. It’s a feat all its own.

Meeting with NPCs. Interactions with the characters of your campaign world should be a bigger deal. You can make it that way by awarding some XP when adventurers turn an NPC into an ally, rescuing them from harm or denying an opposing NPC an asset or benefit.

Solving puzzles. Working through a complex dungeon puzzle is a lot harder than swinging your greataxe.

Good roleplaying. If you’re playing 5th edition, you’re supposed to award inspiration for good roleplaying. But dropping a little XP whenever someone performs particularly well in-character will also encourage plenty of RP at the table.

Avoiding combat. If you were going to award XP for a combat encounter, consider awarding the same amount of XP if the party avoids the fight through negotiation, stealth or intimidation.

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Individual achievements. Typically, you’ll reward XP to the whole party whether they finish an encounter or accomplish any of the tasks above. But when a thief picks a particularly hard lock, the druid manages to forage some food in the forest or the bard plays a song to soothe an angry mob, drop them some individual XP.

Completing a chase. Running through the streets to catch a bad guy is a blast. It’s also hard to do successfully with all the possible things that could get in your way. If you do indeed get the bad guy, you should get some experience for that, too.


Doing something cool. This isn’t so specific. But sometimes players think outside of the box and do some wild stuff, thwarting enemies and destroying traps in ways you wouldn’t normally think. There’s also the occasion where a player makes a risky move in combat that pays off or scores a critical hit in just the right moment. 

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December Crate Overview



We hope you’re having a happy holiday.

And we hope it was made all the happier by our holiday crate!

Contained in December’s box of RPG loot are a whole lot of Christmas and winter-themed items as well as plenty of other gear you’ll find useful in any of your Dungeons & Dragons or Pathfinder games.

Let’s dig in.

Slashing Through the Snow
This month’s outing from Dungeon Crate Adventures takes the party to the frozen tundra. The jolly old elf who was a benefactor to the people of a small Northern town has been overtaken by an evil spirit, who has stolen all the town’s children. Frightful creatures such as evil snowmen, ice elemental and ice goblins inhabit the snow-covered town. and it’s up to the adventurers to stop them and save the children while navigating the endless blizzard that has overtaken the town. We hope your character packed mittens.



Evil Snowmen Miniatures
These three nefarious snow monsters from Reaper are perfect to use in “Slashing Through the Snow,” drop into your snow-themed adventures or paint up and discreetly insert into your family’s Dickensian Christmas village decorations. We won’t tell.



Holiday Ornaments
Merry Crit-mas! Our fine friends at Advanced Deployment created another set of holiday ornaments to hang in your tree (or wherever you show off your holiday-loving side). Long-time subscribers will remember we include these in every holiday crate.



Coins
This crate has lots of loot. Set of 15 coins from Rare Elements Foundry



Slime Miniature
Gross. This little piece from Dungeon Crawler depicts a skull being swept up in nasty green slime. It’s perfect to show something murky and dangerous lurking in the depths of any dungeon. It’s such a perfect sculpt, showing movement in a little splash of slime.


Giant Ant Miniature
If an ant can lift something 10 times its weight, what can this giant ant lift? Watch out when you encounter one of these in the dungeons. This mini from Dungeon Crawler is another great one.




Digital Crate

Once again, there are lots more digital goodies to be found at DungeonCrate.com that will enhance the items in your physical crate. December’s digital crate includes the full text of “Slashing Through the Snow,” in addition to extra artwork, DM and player maps, digital assets to run the adventure on virtual tabletops and the adventure’s complete bestiary, which includes several new monsters.